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Fun with Implicit Conversions to DateTime

Andrea Allred gets tested:

I have been teaching a T-SQL 101 class and for the homework, we asked the students to get all the records where our heroes had a birthdate between 1995 through 1999. I expected something like this:


Imagine my surprise when one of the students turned in this:

SELECT FirstName, LastName, Birthdate
FROM Heroes
WHERE Birthdate BETWEEN '1995' AND '1999'

When I first saw the query I thought, “There is no way they ran that and it worked.” So I wrote it up and ran it on my data. Guess what? IT RUNS AND RETURNS DATA! I was shocked.

Click through to see what it returns and how that’s not quite right.